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O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…

An easy, self-indulgent life!

By J.R. Miller

And Jesus was saying to them all: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

We cannot live a life that will please Christ–without great cost to ourselves. It is never an easy thing, to be a disciple of Christ. An easy, self-indulgent life–can never be a Christ-like life.

It was not easy for Christ to redeem sinners. From beginning to end of His earthly ministry, He poured out His own precious life. The people thronged about Him with their sins, their sorrows, and their needs–and virtue went out of Him continually to heal them, to comfort them, to feed their heart-hunger. He utterly forgot Himself–and gave His life and love without stint to every one who asked. At last He literally gave Himself, emptying out His heart’s blood–to give eternal life to sinful and dead souls. His sufferings were finished, when He bowed His head on the cross.

It is now our privilege to suffer for Him–to perpetuate the self-sacrificial love of Christ on this earth. Only in so far as we do this, are we living a life that will please Him.

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death!” Philippians 3:10

“Anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:38

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